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Mrs. Rilla Knight Mayfield

Mrs. Rilla Knight Mayfield, 98, of Nicholson Lane, Talking Rock, died Sunday, November 11, 2001, at the Gilmer Nursing Home.

Mrs. Mayfield was born August 13, 1903, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Edgar and Mattie Gentry Knight. She was the widow of Sam Mayfield, a homemaker, and member of the Sunlight Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Claude and Mary Mayfield, Edward and Ruth Mayfield, Jerry Mayfield, Fred Mayfield, and Monteal McCollum, all of Ellijay; daughters and sons-in-law, Lena and Howard Davis, Ellijay, and Ruth and Junior Nicholson, Talking Rock; sisters, Eula Cloninger, Ellijay, and Bonnie Silver, Canton; brother, Cecil Knight, Ellijay; 29 grandchildren; 56 great grandchildren; and 36 great great grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, November 14, at 4 p.m. from the Sunlight Baptist Church with Rev. Hoyt Hales, Rev. Wallace Parks, Rev. Ray Fowler, and Rev. David Nicholson officiating. Music was by the Melody Singers.

Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Interment followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Lona Faye (Lonnie) Brock Qualls

Mrs. Lona Faye (Lonnie) Brock Qualls, 77, of Jasper, died Monday, November 12, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Qualls is survived by her husband, Bowen Qualls; son and daughter-in law, Tommy and Alice Qualls, Jasper; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Larry Fountain, Jasper; brother, Clyde Brock, Jasper; sisters, Bertha Dean, and Eunice Dean, both of Jasper, and Lois Padgett, Marietta; eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday, November 14, at 2 p.m. from the Antioch Baptist Church with Rev. Marvin Chatham and Rev. Robert Allen officiating.

Pallbearers were Chris Plumley, Paul Worbington, Thomas Fountain, Bo Qualls, Greg Parks, and Jeremy Cochran.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Roper Funeral Home of Jasper.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

John A. (Johnny) Johnson

Mr. John A. (Johnny) Johnson, 71, of Ellijay, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at his home after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Johnson was born April 18, 1930, in Lone Oak, Ky., the son of Willie and Veda Johnson. He was retired from Roadway Express, a member of the Masonic Lodge #138 in Smithland, Ky., for 52 years and also a member of the Gilmer County Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years. After his retirement he was also an honorary Kentucky colonel.

He is survived by his wife, Louise (Brownie) Johnson; daughters, Teresa Ray, Sonya Redman, Sherry Dunn, and Cindy Kerstetter; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; brother, George L. Johnson, Kentucky; three brothers-in law, all of Kentucky ; and five sisters-in-law, all of Kentucky. Services were Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m. from the Ellijay First United Methodist Church with Rev. Ray Camp and Rev. Sharon Watkins officiating.

Pallbearers were Kyle Maxfield, Brandon Kirkham, Harvey Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell, Jordon Mitchell, Stacy Kirkham, Shawn Smith, and Bob Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Masonic Lodge.

Interment followed in the Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Dora Newton Allen

Mrs. Dora Newton Allen, 85, of Leslie Allen Rd., Ellijay, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, in the Hamilton Medical Center.

Mrs. Allen was born April 16, 1916, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Daniel Newton and Rebecca Key Newton. She was a housewife and attended the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness. She was the widow of Leslie Allen.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Kenneth and Betty Allen, Wendell and Pattie Allen, and Billy and Carolyn Allen, all of Ellijay; daughters, Juanita Stover and Benita Smith, both of Ellijay; 30 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Lassie Newton, Dalton; and sister and brother-in-law, Edith and Hardie Kilby, Tunnel Hill.

Services were Sunday, November 11, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Jerry Robertson officiating.

Pallbearers were Randy Stover, Bobby Stover, Tony Smith, Tony Licato, Donnie Bailey, and Keith Allen.

Interment was in the Flat Branch Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

R.D. Ralston

Mr. R.D. Ralston, 75, of Talona Mt. Rd, Ellijay, died Tuesday, November 6, 2001.

Mr. Ralston was born February 7, 1926, in Gilmer County, the son William David Ralston and Effie Stephens Ralston. He was retired from the L & N Railroad and was a member of the Ellijay Church of Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Boring Ralston; son and daughter-in-law, Jobie and Mary Beth Ralston, Ellijay; sister, Willa Mae Puryear, Dalton; sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and James Gibbs, Warner Robbins; sister-in-law, and brothers-in-law, Buena Dale, and Roy Boring, both of Ellijay and Sam Boring, Blairsville.

Services were Friday, November 9, at 11 a.m. from the Ellijay Church of Christ with Minister Butch Jones officiating. Singing was by the congregation.

Pallbearers were Victor Bradley, Jody Kinser, Jason Lanning, Andy Macaulay, Kevin Willis and Sam Worley.

Honorary pallbearers were Tom Hall, James Hensley, Fred Holloway, and Billy Joe Howard.

Interment was in the Macedonia Church of Christ Cemetery in Fannin County under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Cecelia Green Sanford

Mrs. Cecelia Green Sanford, 25, of Bubba's Mtn. Rd., Cherry Log, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Sanford was born October 9, 1976, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Roger and Kathy Headrick Green. She was a homemaker and member of the Welcome Hill Baptist Church #1.

She is survived by her husband, Chad Sanford; children, Dakota Sanford, Ashley Leigh Ann Sanford, and Dillon Sanford, all of Ellijay; parents, Roger and Kathy Green, Ellijay; grandparents, Edith Headrick and Pearl Green, both of Ellijay; and brother, Steven Green, Ellijay.

Services were Sunday, November 11, at 4 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Glen Arnold and Rev. Ronnie Merrell officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Ronald Ledford, Douglas McClure, Clifton Aaron, Tommy Hunter, Jim Robinson, and Nick Weaver.

Interment was in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Rev. Richard Roy Godfrey

Rev. Richard Roy Godfrey, 52, of Tufts Dr., Ellijay, died Thursday, November 8, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Godfrey was born January 15, 1949, in Cherokee County, the son of Flara Farmer Godfrey and Walter George Godfrey, Sr.. He was a carpenter and member of New Liberty Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Mary Griffin Godfrey; stepson, Randall Glenn, Ellijay; mother, Flara Godfrey, Ball Ground; brothers, David Godfrey, Tallapoosa, Billy Godfrey, Gainesville, John Godfrey, Ellijay, and George Godfrey, Ball Ground; and sister, Ava Godfrey, Ball Ground.

Services were Saturday, November 10, at 4 p.m. from the New Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Clayton Brothers and Rev. Jerry Clayton officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Walter McDonald, Johnny McClure, Ray Walker, Franklin Holden, Shane Newberry and Micky Moskovitz.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Samuel Oscar Edwards

Mr. Samuel Oscar Edwards, 80, of Jones Rd., Ellijay, died Saturday, November 10, 2001, in the Emory Cartersville Hospital.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife, Juanita Alice Edwards; daughter, Brenda Diane Edwards, Florida; son, Sammy Edwards, Florida; sisters and brothers in-law, Virginia and J.E. Townsend, Acworth, and Betty and Ritchie Davis, Savannah; and brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Juanita Edwards, Alpharetta.

Services were Tuesday, November 13, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Logan Funeral Home with Rev. Chad Kelly officiating.

Interment and graveside services were in the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga. Local graveside rites were conducted by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

Logan Funeral Home and Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

Larry Cox

Mr. Larry Cox, 55, of Woodstock, died Sunday, November 18, 2001, in Washington County.

Mr. Cox is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Cox; stepchildren, James Doughty, Bethlehem, Cleveland Doughty, and Freddie Doughty, both of Ellijay, Frankie Dodd, Woodstock, Wynn Dodd, Trion, Sara Wheeler, Canton, Betty Butler, Eatonton, Myrtice Long, Cumming, and Jeanette Guest, Alabama; sisters, Frankie Fields, Woodstock, and Katherine Wilkie, Alpharetta; several grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Services will be Wednesday, November 21, at 2:30 p.m. from the Sosebee Memorial Chapel with Pastor Ken May officiating.

Interment will be in the Cherokee Memorial Park under the direction of Sosebee Funeral Home of Canton.

Mrs. Grace Selfslaghs

Mrs. Grace Selfslaghs, 86, of Goldmine Rd., Ellijay, died Wednesday November 14, 2001, in the Gilmer Nursing Home.

Mrs. Selfslaghs was born December 19, 1914, in Staten Island, N.Y., the daughter of George and Clara Palmer O'Brien. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Selfslaghs, was an avid golfer, active in church and a hospital volunteer for many years.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Carolyn Selfslaghs, Ellijay; sister, Dorothy Bansept, New Jersey; six grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.

Graveside services were Friday, November 16, at 3 p.m. from the Lee Memorial Park in Ft. Myers, Fla., with Rev. Norton officiating.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Monteal H. McCollum

Mrs. Monteal H. McCollum, 69, of Pioneer Ct., Ellijay, died Wednesday, November 14, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. McCollum was born June 11, 1932, in Dry Prone, La., the daughter of Grady and Audrie Hodnett Honeycutt. She was a former employee of Gilmer County Tax Office and a member of the Flat Creek Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Raleigh McCollum; daughters, Karen Slep, and Mary Moss, both of Ellijay; sons, Leonard Mayfield, and Ricky Mayfield, both of Ellijay; 13 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Services were Friday, November 16, at 2 p.m. from the Flat Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Cliff Nelson and Rev. Barry Payne officiating. Music was by the church choir and David Nicholson.

Pallbearers were Chad West, Lyndon Mayfield, Lenny Mayfield, Lindsey Mayfield, Bodie McCollum, Josh Mayfield, and Corey Mayfield.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Betty Painter Manders

Mrs. Betty Painter Manders, 70, of Owltown Rd., Ellijay, died Wednesday, November 14, 2001, in the Wildwood Health Care Center.

Mrs. Manders was born December 22, 1930, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Fay and Lillie Evans Painter. She was a cook, homemaker, and a member of the Turniptown Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Joann Deboard, Ellijay, and Elisa Lee Young, Blue Ridge; son, Jimmy Davis, South Carolina; sister, Frances Logan, Chatsworth; brother, Bud Painter, Chatsworth; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Services were Saturday, November 17, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Lamar Beason officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford and Jonathan Thompson.

Pallbearers were Patrick Wilder, James Logan, Chris Logan, Johnny DeBoard, Levi Higdon, and Wayne Bowers.

Interment was in the Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mr. Lecther H. Lockett

Mr. Lecther H. Lockett, 40, of Austell, died Thursday, November 15, 2001, in the Wellstar Cobb Hospital.

Mr. Lockett was born June 21, 1961, in Fulton County, was a custodian, and member of Milford Church in Marietta.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Eleanor and Baxter Joe Husley, Braselton; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Lee Hayse, Ellijay, and Joe and Tina Visintainer, Gainesville.

Services were Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Brown officiating. Music was by Betty McBayer and Amy Abshire.

Pallbearers were Joe Visintainer, Robert Southern, Hoyt Holmes, William Burgess, David Blumley, and Lee Sutton.

Interment was in the Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

William Elisha Baxter

Mr. William Elisha Baxter, 78, of Hal Ponder Road, Ellijay, died Saturday, November 17, 2001, at the V.A. Hospital in Atlanta.

Mr. Baxter was born May 4, 1923, in Polk County, Tenn.,the son of Willie Baxter and Ella Chastain Baxter. He was a veteran having served in World War II with the U.S. Army, a house painter, and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Logan Baxter; daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Allen Clark, and Elaine and Roger Higdon, all of Ellijay; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry and Benna Lee Barnes Baxter, Ellijay; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister, Willa Belle Ballew, Dalton; and brother, Albert Franklin, Tunnel Hill.

Services were Tuesday, November 20, at 11 a.m. from the New Hope Baptist Church with Rev. Junior Waddell and Rev. Norman Gibbs officiating. Music was by Harold Underwood, Harold Sanford, and the church choir.

Pallbearers were Chad Baxter, Jeff Baxter, Shawn Cheshire, Max Crawford, Keith Logan, G.W. Logan, Roger Higdon, and Allen Clark.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Mrs. Carrie Mae Spivey Starks

Mrs. Carrie Mae Spivey Starks, 82, of Clear Creek Rd., Ellijay, died Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at the Gilmer Nursing Home.

Mrs. Starks was born April 11, 1919, in Hazelhurst, the daughter of Sherman Spivey and Lotie Garden Sherlin Spivey. She was a member, past secretary and Sunday School teacher of New Hope Baptist Church, Gilmer County's first neighborhood youth coordinator, manager of the cannery and thrift shop, director of commodities and a community mother to the unfortunate, and the widow of Willie Starks.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Faye and Gerald Lock, and Patricia and Vernon Hembree, both of Ellijay; son, John Starks, Ellijay; seven grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; sisters, Dorothy Gonzales, Ohio, and Mary Lowery, Eton; brothers, Glen Spivey, Dalton, Joe Spivey, Sugar Valley, and George Spivey, Macon.

Services were Wednesday, November 21, at 3 p.m. from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Junior Waddell, Rev. Roger Burgess, and Minister Butch Jones officiating. Music was by Edgar and Barbara Land, Sue Starks and Tom Fish.

Pallbearers were Paul Nealey, Keith Logan, Mitchell Defoor, Shawn Davidson, Ronny Evans, Lamar Findley, Daniel Burgess, and Danny Kincaid.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Harold D. Cantrell

Mr. Harold D. Cantrell, 66, of Ellijay, died Thursday, November 22, 2001, in the North Georgia Medical Center.

Mr. Cantrell was born October 22, 1935, in Gilmer County, the son of Western and Bertha Carter Cantrell. He was former owner of Cantrell's Used Parts and member of the Riverhill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Sitten Cantrell; sons and daughter-in law, Danny and Judy Cantrell, and Donnie Cantrell, all of Ellijay; special friend, Suzanne Young, Ellijay; brothers, Lewis Cantrell, and Freeman Cantrell, both of Ellijay, Estus Cantrell, Chatsworth; sisters, Inez Southern, Carolyn Teague, and Lois DeFoor, all of Ellijay, and Shirley Suddeth, Dalton; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Services were Sunday, November 25, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Ray Fowler, Rev. Billy Cantrell, and Rev. Glen Arnold officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Mack Aaron, Mack Logan, Bill Miller, Gene Wright, Leslie Richards, and Foster McArthur. Interment was in the Yukon Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Miss Flossie Holland

Miss Flossie Holland, 94, of Resaca, died Wednesday, November 21, 2001, in the Gordon Medical Center.

Miss Holland was the daughter of James and Della Gravely Holland.

She is survived by her nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Katherine Holland, Ellijay.

Services were Friday, November 23, at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel of Peeples Funeral Home with Rev. Scotty Davis officiating.

Interment followed in the Hinton Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Peeples Funeral Home of Chatsworth.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Henry M. Pittman

Mr. Henry M. Pittman, 68, of Savannah Lane, Ellijay, died Monday, November 26, 2001, at the St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta.

Mr. Pittman is survived by his sisters, Jewell Welch, Adel Davis and Shirley Mae Watson, all of Ellijay, Bunie Earnest, Tennessee, and Ruby Lee Mary Spivey, Calhoun; and brother, James Burley Pittman, Ellijay.

Services were Wednesday, November 28, at 1 p.m. from the Logan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mitchell Pack officiating.

Interment was in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Edgar Crump

Mr. Edgar Crump, 71, of Powder Springs Rd., Marietta, died Tuesday, November 20, 2001, in the Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.

Mr. Crump was born April 28, 1930, in Gilmer County, the son of Victor and Louisa Kell Crump. He was a retired flight line inspector with Lockheed, a member and deacon of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Marietta, where he served as teacher of the Young at Heart Sunday school class. He was a veteran serving with the U.S. Navy and member of the Blaine Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Jerrie Kelley Crump; son and daughter-in-law, Britt and Christy Crump, Powder Springs; three grandchildren; brother, J.T. Crump, Jasper; and sister, Gladys Sanford, Ellijay.

Services were Saturday, November 24, at 11:30 a.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Wallace Parks, Rev. Ken Hinkley, Rev. Allen Waldrop, and Rev. Tom Ward officiating. Pallbearers were Rodney Gibson, Ricky Roberts, Mark Hyde, Wayne Roberts, Jimmy Crump, and Keith Bramlett.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Blaine Lodge.

Interment was in the Sunlight Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Jack K. Searcy

Mr. Jack K. Searcy, 71, of Lickskillett Rd., Epworth, died Saturday, November 24, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Searcy was born April 13, 1930, in Polk County, Tenn., the son of Ed and Mamie Griffin Searcy. He was a veteran having served with the U.S. Army, was a barber, and member of the Cherry Log Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Byers Searcy; sons, Tim Searcy, Epworth,and Rick Searcy, Ellijay; brothers, Jim Searcy, Morganton, David Searcy, Cherry Log, and William Searcy, Kennesaw; sisters, Catherine Searcy, Tennessee, Ruth Helton, Ellijay, and Ruby Hale, Florida; and five grandchildren.

Services were Monday, November 26, at 1 p.m. from the Cherry Log Baptist Church with Rev. Delmer Davenport and Rev. Phillip Thomas officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Jeff Chastain, Carroll Chastain, Ronnie Chastain, Scott Searcy, Johnny Searcy, and Mike Helton.

Honorary pallbearers were Steve Towe, Phillip Towe, Rodney Kendall, and Rodney Key.

Interment was in the church cemetery with military rites by the North Georgia Honor Guard.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Lecther G. Lockett

Mr. Lecther H. Lockett, 40, of Austell, died Thursday, November 15, 2001, in the Wellstar Cobb Hospital.

Mr. Lockett was born June 21, 1961, in Fulton County, was a custodian and member of Milford Church in Marietta.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Eleanor and Baxter Joe Husley, Braselton; sisters and brother-in-law, Mary Lee Hayse, Ellijay, and Joe and Tina Visintainer, Gainesville; two nieces; one nephew; and one great niece.

Services were Sunday, November 18, at 3 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Brown officiating. Music was by Betty McBayer and Amy Abshire. Pallbears were Joe Visintainer, Robert Southern, Hoyt Holmes, William Burgess, David Blumley, and Lee Sutton.


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